USAF Maintenance Crew Farm Gate Operations Vietnam War 1965-1973

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Product package
Product package
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Price: $10.00
Product / Stock #: 480091
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

First: Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review! One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products. We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a Maintainer, like the other figures has outstanding detail and fidelity. The figure is wearing the "campaign hat" with the edges folded up, and a standard set of two-piece issue fatigues with a holstered .45 caliber pistol and cartridge belt. He is in a standing position, looking level to his left, with both hands resting on his upper thighs. Judging by the appearance and sculpture, this guy was a senior NCO in charge.

Another Aires improvement: Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

It took about 10 minutes to clean the casting up, (there is a web between the legs), and this figure differs from the others in that it is one piece, no glue required. I primered the figures with Tamiya fine spray primer, and used Vallejo for the detail and uniform painting . I used basic colors, mixed as required to get a better color match to what the figures should have, and ran a wash over everything, I then drybrushed to bring out the detail.

Nothing more to add here than "a worthy upgrade"... in the case of this figure, paint, and install on your vignette or diorama for a great visual effect without too much work! Thanks again to Aires for providing these to IPMS USA!

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